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Get Ready for the Holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Book wreath

The holidays are coming! Whether you need recipe (or healthy eating!) tips, something to decorate with, or an idea for a special gift, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Plan on keeping your holidays healthy with Eating Healthy During the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Traci Carpenter, MNT, is the Tamarac Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist. She'll talk about eating well during the holidays, and you'll take home creative ideas and a stomach full of samples!

November Highlights

Army bicycles

Have you had a chance to look at the November/December schedule of Fresh City Life My Branch events and classes yet? Here are some highlights!

On Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m., celebrate Veterans Day with Army Bicycles: The Ride Stuff at Schlessman. Local, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jerry Cleveland explores how the military has used the bicycle and why it attracted the attention of commanders worldwide.

Family Crafting

Show Me a Story

The time is coming when cool weather will encourage us to remain indoors. If you have children, you may soon hear the dreaded whine, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do!" I'm happy to report that these three books will provide hours of entertainment and family projects.

In a valiant effort to keep my children's screen time down and to preserve my sanity, I often resort to crafting with my kids. It's a good idea to keep some basic craft supplies on hand, but some of these projects may require a trip to the craft store with a supply list in hand. Alternately, try Goodwill or other thrift stores to pick up bags of fabric scraps or yarn, or get together with friends and combine craft supplies. These books are bound to keep little and big hands busy for the winter months. Some of these projects will also make great holiday gifts!

Tiptoeing Towards the Holidays

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

While Halloween is behind us, there are many more holidays coming up to celebrate connections, honor our ancestors, and thank our military. Use Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming as a jumping off point for (or a break from) your fall & winter celebrations!

You'll have several opportunities to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the next few days:

On the Hunt for Ghosts, History, Crafts, and Bread!

SpiritPI

On the hunt for great adult cultural programs? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Meet the Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch! Denver's leading ghost hunters, Spirit Paranormal Investigations, will provide a fun and informative presentation about ghosts and the art of ghost hunting. SpiritPI will share spooky stories about what it's like to investigate the paranormal and demonstrate the tools they use to detect ghosts.

Craft Services: Don't Get Caught With Your Paints Down

Example of Tracesea Slater's ebullient ceramic painting

The iconic imagery of Dia de los Muertos and the sugar skulls of Mexico are celebrated in our Craft Services workshop on oven-fired ceramic glazing.

Día de las Tazas – Day of the Mugs, Saturday, October 13

Looking Ahead--Schedule for September & October Now Available!

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Fresh City Life My Branch September & October adult cultural programs schedule is now online and will soon be available in your branch! Get these great events onto your calendar NOW--you don't want to miss our Haunted Happenings or finding your soul mate!

Some Fresh City Life My Branch programs require registration, and they can fill up quickly. Take a look, and register now if you're interested! To register, call the branch where the program is happening, or email: fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org with your name and phone number. These programs are all for adults.

At Smiley, 720-865-0260:

Be Social! Grill It! Sniff It!

What does your weekend look like? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the picture to make it look fun!

Events on Saturday, August 25:

Social Networking 101, 10 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. What's all the hype about Facebook? Do you want to know what tweeting is? Learn what a social network is, why people do and don't use them, check out the latest examples, and learn how to get started if you want to!

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Community, Jewelry Making, and Remembering to Geek Out!

Moonwalking with Einstein

Whether it's making recycled jewelry, connecting with your community, or geeking out with the Geeks Who Read, Fresh City Life My Branch wants YOU this week!

Start off with some fun Soda Can Jewelry that's easy to make! Join us at Smiley on Wednesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. and learn how to fashion a pair of earrings or a pendant using an aluminum can! Please register: 720-865-0260 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Feeling Crafty? How About Wizardly?

Whether you like to make things by hand or craft spells a la Harry Potter, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you on Saturday, August 4!

Start your day with Fun in the Sun T-Shirt Embellishing at 10 a.m. at Schlessman. Bring your own t-shirt, and be amazed by the transformation it will undergo! Show off your summery new look later! Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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